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IPL 2024 SRH vs PBKS: Second spot up for grabs, SRH win sets stage for crucial RR vs KKR clash

The outcome of the upcoming match between Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders will determine whether SRH or RR will join KKR in Qualifier 1.

The 69th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 saw Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) secure a crucial victory against Punjab Kings (PBKS) by four wickets at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.

Punjab won the toss and elected to bat first. They capitalised on a strong opening partnership between Atharva Taide (46) and Prabhsimran Singh (71), stitched together a record-breaking 97-run stand, the highest opening partnership for PBKS against SRH in IPL history. Rilee Rossouw (49 off 24) continued the momentum with another belligerent knock, adding a vital 50-run partnership for the second wicket. However, the visitors lost their way in the middle overs, failing to capitalise on a strong platform. Jitesh Sharma‘s late cameo of 32 runs off just 15 balls helped them post a challenging total of 214/5, the highest score against SRH.

In reply, the Orange Army suffered an early setback as Travis Head fell for a golden duck. However, Rahul Tripathi (33 off 18) and Abhishek Sharma (66 off 28) launched a counter-attack, adding a quickfire 72 runs in just five overs. Nitish Reddy (37 off 25) and Heinrich Klaasen (42 off 26) continued the momentum with crucial contributions, ensuring SRH stayed in the hunt. Despite losing wickets at regular intervals, Sunrisers chased down the target with five balls to spare. Notably, 215 is also the joint-highest target chased successfully in IPL matches played in Hyderabad.

Abhishek Sharma was adjudged the Player of the Match for his blistering knock of 66 runs off just 28 balls, an innings that included five fours and a staggering six sixes. This knock propelled him to the top of the six-hitting charts for SRH in an IPL season, with a total of 41 sixes.

With this victory, SRH climbed to the second spot on the points table. The outcome of the upcoming match between Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will determine whether SRH or RR will join KKR in Qualifier 1. Meanwhile, PBKS’ campaign ended with a disappointing ninth-place finish, having managed only five wins from their 14 matches.

Scorecard:

Punjab Kings: 214-5, Overs 20, Prabhsimran Singh 71, T Natarajan 2/33

Sunrisers Hyderabad: 215-6, Overs 19.1, Abhishek Sharma 66, Arshdeep Singh 2/37

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